ABB Australia announced that the overall winner of the inaugural SAE-A & ABB National Robotics Innovation competition for university students was Jarred Spriggs from Deakin University.
In a combined effort, The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE-A) and ABB Australia encouraged students to team up with employers to design and develop an application of a robot in a work cell or process in an industrial application. All entries were evaluated on savings generated, innovation, safety, likelihood of success and presentation skills.
Three group finalists were invited to present their proposals to a Board of Directors consisting of industry professionals.
First to present were Will Midgley and Gabrin Raveendran from the University of Melbourne with their proposal of a robot installation of an instrumentation panel for Ford. The group impressed the judges with their slick animations and exceptional knowledgeable on the subject.
Jarred Spriggs and Aaron Dixon were up next, representing the first of two Deakin University finalist groups. They put forward their proposal for an automated vehicle glazing application for Ford.
In the afternoon, the second group from Deakin University consisting of Lee Underwood, Glenn Madden, Todd Matthews, Scott Wade and Rob Slavin presented their automated process for combining metal parts and polypropylene for plastics manufacturer RMAX.
At the completion of the presentations the judges came together for a lengthy discussion after which they came to the decision that the second group proposal of the automated vehicle glazing application was the winner with Jarred Spriggs coming out on top as the individual winner.
Jarred wins a three-month paid work experience with ABB Australia in the Robotics division with all finalists receiving vouchers to attend a robot training course as well as trophies.